Understanding Booking Windows helps you plan vacations.

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As a Club Member, you have probably heard, about the value of knowing the booking windows. There’s a reason we sound like a broken record when it comes to this one particular aspect of booking reservations.  We want to make sure that you are clear about what Points to use and when to use them to get the vacation you desire.

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We have developed great reservation guidelines that offer some very comprehensive examples of how to use the booking windows to your advantage.  They can be found on the Owner’s Inn under Online Owner Services -> How To/Reference Guides.  If you have never looked at them, it might be wise to at least scan them over to maybe make sure you are at least familiar with all the terms and different categories of Points – Regular, Accrued, Borrowed, and Rented.

2016 is  ahead of us.  That means that if you have paid your Regular Use Year Points (Points allocated to 2016) you can book a full seven night stay any time up through December 31. Payment plans are set up to pay a year ahead…so if you pay monthly you are good to book 7 night stays throughout the year. If you just got your bill…you much pay your bill prior to booking. (The points are only usable once they are paid for!)

If you want a short-stay (a reservation of less than seven nights), you may book that up to four months in advance of the arrival date.  You don’t have to restrict yourself to the Regular Use Year Points, either.  In this booking window, you can use either Accrued, Borrowed, or Rented Points in addition to your Regular Use Year Points.

Knowing these little facts can make a world of difference when it comes to planning and making sure that you are able to reserve the vacation you are hoping to reserve.  Knowing that you can only use your Regular Use Year Points in the year in which they are allocated.  That means that if you want to book a full week stay in 2016 (and you have enough Regular Points in 2016 to do so), you would have to prepay your 2016 club fees or set up a prepayment plan and then you would be able to book up to 12 months in advance of the arrival date.

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If you have questions about it, you can always log on and print out the How to Make A Reservation packet and review it.  The more you know about these booking windows and how to use your Points, the better you will be at booking the exact reservation you are trying to book!

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